About Owen Williams

Owen is an independent technology journalist with a background in software development and helping people understand the industry. Based in the Netherlands, Owen writes a weekly column for Medium's OneZero, and was previously Editor at The Next Web and Digital Director at VanMoof.

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Make your lights smart with switches, not bulbs

Smart lighting is everywhere, but it's cheaper and less hassle to replace your switches, not each individual bulb. Here's the best choices, and why.


Google and Saint Laurent are making a gesture-enabled smart backpack

Google's Project Jacquard is back with its second smart wearable: a gesture-enabled backpack, in collaboration with Saint Laurent.


Lenovo X1 carbon review: the best light, portable laptop

It's fast, quiet, and ultra-light. Lenovo's X1 Carbon is one of the best MacBook alternatives available today, and it'll last you forever.


Making web dev on Windows great with WSL2

Learn how to use the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), and get the perfect web development set up on Windows in minutes.


OnePlus 7 Pro review: an enormous phone from the future

A beautiful phone that looks like it's from a sci-fi movie, for a fraction of the price of an iPhone—the OnePlus 7 Pro is a great Pixel alternative.


108: Zuck Bucks

Frederique, Blev, Owen, and Zach talk about $WORK and Facebook ~Libra.


How I use Slack—alone—to get more done

How integrations and an empty Slack team help me get more done.


107: Games, Gatekeeping & Gigabit Ethernet

Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, is finally here. Will it be worth using?


106: Stadia Tycoon

Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about gaming and Apple, and one of us might build a Windows computer. Can you guess who?


Apple wants to kill the ad industry. It's forcing developers to help.

Apple is strong-arming developers into squashing an industry under the guise of privacy, and it's going to hurt us all.


105: Ive-rly Tower

Let’s talk about Apple’s WWDC event, rumors, and what we’re excited about for the event.


GitHub's new features show it's finally listening to developers

Microsoft rescued GitHub—and it's back the tools developers always wanted, along with a healthier open source community.